I am so glad that I decided to return to University to complete my degree. I am excited! I am thrilled! I even enjoyed the process of applying to University. I had to write an essay and attach it to my application. I enjoyed writing the essay so much because it made me reflect on my life past, present and future. Not having a degree did not limit me in the least in having a great career, but when I think of all the extra things I can do with one there was no question that it is time fo me to return to school.
The college experience this time around is so different from the first time I entered college straight out of high school. I was able to complete my entire application online, including requesting my school transcript from the University I first attended. Everything is done online now which I love and find more efficient. At the same time the college admissions advisers have been great keeping in contact with me to make sure that all my questions are answered.
Another thing that is different this time around and that I appreciate so much is that I get to design my own course of study according to the direction that I want my life to go in. I absolutely love this aspect of college now. Guided by my academic adviser, I will be taking only courses that will be directly helpful to me in my chosen field of study. Additionally, I am getting life credits for the real life on the job experience in my field. Going to school and learning is great, but nothing beats on the job training and the experience you gain over time. It is nice to know that some colleges now acknowledge your years of experience and contributions that you already offered up within the corporate world.
All of my courses will be taken online. I love being in the classroom, but I decided to do online classes instead because I choose to attend college full-time, and when you have to work to pay the bills you cannot take time off to attend classes full-time. Online classes can be tailored around your work schedule. I know it will be grueling, but I prefer to attend college full-time so that it does not end up taking me a gazillion years to complete my degree. If there were stipends available for full-time college students to cover living expenses I would go that route, but I don’t even know where to begin looking for those types of funding. I am sure that “the system” makes it just about impossible to find school money like that, but I have heard of grown adults attending college full-time and receiving financial stipends & scholarships for living expenses. You probably also have to be as smart as Albert Einstein to qualify even if I could find these types of grants and scholarships. Right now I am searching for another full-time job.
I love reading and studying, so I believe that I will do very well in school. College stretches your mind. Well, at least it does so for me. I am thrilled to once again become a college student and I will keep you post on my progress.